Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Peak District Photos Added

22nd June 2006

I have just added a few photos to my online photo gallery from a number of rambles in the Peak District. The first of these was last September when I walked from Edale to Glossop, over Kinder Scout on the Pennine Way before following the Doctor’s Gate path to my final destination. It is country that I have walked before, though not maybe using this route. The day was glorious, even if the sky was more milky than I would have liked.

The other occasion featured is from March of this year, when a planned trip to the Derbyshire Dales was cancelled when I saw the snow on the hills between Macclesfield and Buxton. I got off the bus at the Cat and Fiddle Inn and headed around Shining Tor into the Goyt Valley and on to Buxton on the Midshires Way. Last winter, my boots saw more snow than usual and the powder dry snow underfoot on that day was a joy to walk on, even if I had misgivings about leaving footprints on a pristine white coating.

The Peak District is on my doorstep and I get to experience it when the distractions of more distant destinations are not so strong. It covers parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire, and it should come as no surprise that the area is well frequented thanks to its being surrounded by the cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and Stoke-on-Trent. Good transport links help as well. Britain’s first national park was established here to manage the development of the area so that it can be enjoyed by future generations. The quality of the countryside and its industrial past mean that this is a very important need.

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